Next time you head down to Subway, you may want to think twice before ordering a six-inch Chicken Teriyaki or chicken and bacon melt.
The suggestion comes after a new report conducted by officials in Canada revealed that several pieces of chicken from Subway stores across the country were found to contain just over 50% actual chicken meat.
While there’s no guarantee that the same problem exists in the UK or US versions of the popular sandwich chain, it certainly makes for uneasy reading.
The findings were put together by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and revealed that a DNA analysis of the meats served in the food chain found that the company’s oven roast chicken was only 53.6% chicken.
Subway’s chicken strips, meanwhile, were just 42.8% chicken.
The majority of the remaining DNA discovered in the Subway chicken actually derived from soy fillers. Something that makes Subway’s chicken almost as much vegetarian as it is meat.
It came as part of a wider survey examining chicken products across a range of notable fast food chains.
Trent University researcher Matt Harnden tested six sandwiches as part of the research, with most fast food chains expected to offer up chicken that would contain close to 100 per cent chicken DNA regardless of processing, seasoning or marinating.
The McDonald’s grilled-chicken sandwich, for example, scored a respectable 84.9%.
An official statement from Subway, published by The Independent, refuted the claims:
“Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein. We use this ingredient in these products as a means to help stabilize the texture and moisture. All of our chicken items are made from 100% white meat chicken which is marinated, oven roasted and grilled.”
It’s not the first time Subway’s methods have come in for questioning. A couple of months back a former Subway worker took to Reddit to reveal some of the items customers should possibly reconsider ordering.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.